Promote Diplomacy with Iran
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The Iran nuclear agreement has made the world a safer place. Thanks to a years of painstaking negotiations in pursuit of a peaceful means of resolving concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, the world can rest assured that all of Iran’s potential pathways to obtaining nuclear weapons remain blocked.
Peace Action was one of the first groups to start actively lobbying Congress in support of diplomacy with Iran. Once President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed to begin formal negotiations with other world leaders to relieve sanctions on Iran in exchange for strict limits to its nuclear program, we started our “Talks or War” campaign to highlight the choices before us. We worked tirelessly to protect the negotiations from its would-be saboteurs in Congress who were working to pass new sanctions on Iran that would have derailed the talks.
After the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran signed the Iran agreement on July 14, 2015, Peace Action worked with a broad coalition on the “60 Days to Stop a War” campaign. Under a law passed shortly before the agreement was signed, Congress had 60 days to review the agreement before voting on it, so our task was to build enough support in Congress for the agreement to move forward. Ultimately, the combined political power of our coalition’s dedicated grassroots membership won the day. With thousands of calls, emails and letters to Congress, large crowds of constituents showing up to town halls to voice their support for diplomacy, and large protests against members of Congress who came out against the deal, concerned citizens like you prevented what would have been a disastrous war.
Since its successful implementation in January 2016, the Iran agreement has been working exactly as intended. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s dangerous rhetoric paired with renewed efforts in Congress to sanction Iran for non-nuclear reasons threaten to unravel the agreement and put us back on a path to war. Some members of Congress and the administration even openly call for regime change in Iran. Our job now is to protect the Iran nuclear agreement from Congress and the administration, pushback against dangerous threats of military force and calls for war, and advocate for further diplomacy with Iran to address non-nuclear concerns.
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